by Randal Ross

Principles That Shaped My Life
Randal Ross
September 1993
Men's Retreat 1993

Intro: Principles that shaped my life

A. Originally asked to speak on principles that I live by.

1. I want to live by them but many of them I am pursuing, learning not perfected in my life.

ILL. Makes you fell old. Instead of new revelations tell us your history

B. Changed to principles that shaped my life because some of these are not natural to me but I believe in them and I am pursuing them but not always excelled at them.

1. Goal.

C. Truth is success is not determined by lots of truths but by central principles that govern our lives

1. Difference from what is in your head and what you absorb commit do deep in your spirit.

2. Success, spirituality is not a matter of knowledge but a matter of principle, commitment, hard choices at key points in your life and small decisions daily.

D. Success is a matter of doing a few really important things well.

ILL. Wrestling; a few good moves


(Philippians 3:7-14 KJV)
(7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things {but} loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them {but} dung, that I may win Christ, (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. (13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but {this} one thing {I ...

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